When Can I File My 2012 Tax Return?
It's about eight days later than usual, but tax season officially opens today, Jan. 30.
The IRS will begin accepting tax returns today, Jan. 30, 2013. Most taxpayers should be able to file now, though some revised forms may not be immediately available.
The tax filing deadline is Monday, April 15, 2013.
Those who are used to filing as early as possible may have noticed this year's tax season is opening up about eight days later than usual. You can blame the delay on the federal "fiscal cliff" crisis and the new tax bill Congress passed just after Dec. 31. You can find more information in this Forbes article.
Electronic filing season was originally set to start on Jan. 22 this year.
And if you're considering which way to file, electronic trumps paper, an H&R Block official told Financial Advisor.
The IRS will not process paper tax returns before the anticipated Jan. 30 opening date. There is no advantage to filing on paper before the opening date, and taxpayers will receive their tax refunds much faster by using e-file with direct deposit, writes Patch IRS Blogger David Stewart.
There are several forms affected by the late legislation that require more extensive programming and testing of IRS systems. The IRS hopes to begin accepting tax returns including these tax forms between late February and into March; a specific date will be announced in the near future.
The key forms that require more extensive programming changes include Form 5695 (Residential Energy Credits), Form 4562 (Depreciation and Amortization) and Form 3800 (General Business Credit). A full listing of the forms that won’t be accepted until later is available on IRS.gov.